Love is All Around

Hello and welcome aboard our “Love Is All Around” Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Doris’ Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart’s special “Now and Forever”

This first card I created is for my husband to celebrate our Anniversary the other day. It uses the Now and Forever Papers and Stickers (CC1221). The papers on the bottom section of the card are just 1″ strips that I tore the edges to show the white core and then over lapped them.

Continuing on with strips – I used some inspirations that I got from the CTMH Maker FB Group and transferred the ideas to these beautiful papers. Again I used the Now and Forever paper and stickers, and I added the matching Embroidered Embellishments (CC12226). These are just like really embroidered patches and badges you can buy, with 3M adhesive on the back. I love them.

The first card is very similar to the one I made my husband, I added in some sticker strips into the layers of torn papers. The second card I did some faux stitching with my black journaling pen and inked the edges of the patterned paper strips. I also used gold glitter gems on this one (Z3312). On the third card I mounted the strips of pattern onto a white daisy rectangle and then mounted to the card front. I also used some of the pink dots (Z4627).

For these three cards I used a technique that a fellow Maker Michelle taught me. You start with three patterned paper pieces that are 4 x 5 1/4″. I then cut all three pieces together at the same time on my trimmer. The first cut ran on an angle from 2″ up from the bottom on the left side to 1 1/4″ up from the bottom on the right side. I then spun the papers around and repeated this from the other end. You could do any angle as long as it’s the same top and bottom. Then I mixed the patterned pieces up. On some I added zip strips or sticker strips across the joins. I added stickers and gold glitter gems to embellish.

For those following along with my 2023 goals, my second goal was to make 23 cards a month. This takes me up to 13 Cards for the month. Yay!!

This special offer of the Now & Forever Collection is available WSL until 28th February 2023.  Contact your CTMH Maker to place an order. If you do not have a Maker please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren’s CTMH Craftings.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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365 Challenge

I thought I’d pop in and give you an update on my 365 scrapbook pages in 2023. Being a school teacher January (and other school) holidays are key times for to get some pages done. And so the first couple of weeks have seen me create over 20 pages. This next week will be slower as I’m away with my family at Dinner Plains in the Victoria High Country. I have bought some card making stuff with me to do in the evenings though.

So I’ve already shared layouts 1-4 of Harry’s school album. And also layouts 9-18 I shared earlier this week in the Are We There Yet post.

Below is Layouts 5-8 – these were playing catch up on my girls school albums.

Layouts 19 & 20 was a continuation of my photos from Iguazu Falls – I was trying to fit as many photos as possible to the page. So I trimmed photos down as much as I could and tried to fill the space on the page.

Layouts 21 & 2 I’ll share more in February, I’m keeping it a bit more a of a secret until then, as it’s a layout I’ve designed for two upcoming February Events. But here is a sneak peak. This is using some of the Life’s a Hoot Papers and the March SOTM.

I hope you’ve all been getting some crafting time too.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Are We There Yet?

Hello and welcome aboard our “Are We There Yet?”Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Doris’ Creative Inspirations then you are in the right place. 

If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 


Today I would like to share with you a number of scrapbooking layouts that I have created using one pack of the Are We There Yet? papers and stickers (X7288S). Each page has a smattering of coloured opaque texture paste (coloured with re-inkers or ink from an ink pad), that was applied through stencils – Card Front Stencils (Z6094) and Stencil Pack 1 (Z6091). Along with the Are We There Yet? – Scrapbooking stamp and thin cuts set (Z4677). The embellishment pack for this collection is a set of Rubber Shapes (X7288E) – a variety of suitcases and bags. I’ve added in numerous Flip Flaps in various sizes, even some 6×12″ ones, to get in extra photos onto the pages.

For those following along with my 365 scrapbooking layouts in 2023 – these layouts are #9-18. I’ll share the earlier ones in another post later in the month.

This exclusive Are We There Yet? collection is available during through out Jan-Mar 2023, WSL. The Scrapbooking Workshop collection can be yours for just $AU60.  Individual components can be ordered from your CTMH consultant. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, ScissorsPaperHeart.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Happy New Year

Wow, 2022 disappeared very fast. And for me personally it got very busy on many levels and this blog was put onto the back burner. But I’m back in 2023 with some fun new crafty goals, that I’d like to share with you.

365 Scrapbook Layouts in 2023!!! Yeap, that means one layout a day. By layout I mean a single page. So when I make a double page spread it counts as two layouts.

And I’ve been busy – already I’ve made 4 layouts. I’m starting with the easy things – updating the kids school albums. These are already planned and in most cases the base pages are put together – or at least cut. And going forward I’ve got a heap of layouts made that I need to put photos on, I think there are like 100 or so of those. All those beautiful layouts I’ve made as samples for classes etc and just didn’t put photos on them yet.

That’s goal one.

Goal two is to create 23 cards a month. I based a lot of my goals with a reference to 23 – I love listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness podcast – she has the goal 23 in 23 – that is 23 minutes outside everyday. whilst I haven’t started that yet, it is on the plan – I’ve got a heap of inspirations ready for me getting into it.

Plus I have a few UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) in my craft room – a few unfinished albums from holidays etc that I need to get done and onto the shelf rather than in a box under my craft table.

I have goals to attend an art gallery each month and to do at least one art journaling class a month. I love art journaling. But it tends to get pushed to the side. But if I book into a class then I’ll go and I’ll love it.

And ultimately I’d like to scrapbook 2023 as we go. I’m not sure exactly what format that will take yet – but I think I’ll aim for 4 double spreads a month.

Yeap they are some big goals. But even if I don’t make them, I’ll get some things done. And planning now to do some of them is the first step.

Wishing you all a great start to the new year.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Hope and Kindness

Hello and welcome aboard our May National Scrapbooking Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

Today I would like to share with you a double page layout which features Close To My Heart’s Hope and Kindness Paper Pack with Sticker sheet and the Co-ordinated Cardstock. First let me rav about this cardstock. It is a printed coloured cardstock that has the texture printed onto it to. With the sheets I’ve used in the background it has the white wash printed on it. So a super quick way to make it look like I’ve spent the time to paint on my background, without having to wait for paint to dry (and no mess). I’ve also used some of the matching die cuts – these are out of a thick kraft paper. The doilies I die cut with the National Scrapbooking month Fancy Doilies Thin Cuts. Plus a few gold sequins. The wording on the right side is from one of the cut-a-part sheets in the paper pack. I love that in this pack their are two different sheets of cut apart Picture My Life Cards, and the back side is a solid colour – so you can choose to use them or not as the cut-a-parts.

My second project for you today is a card, which I have again used the May Stamp of the Month You Can DO Anything.

This exclusive D-size You Can Do Anything stamp set (only available in May) can be yours for just $9, when you place an order of $80 or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80. The National Scrapbooking Month Paper Collection, Hope and Kindness, is available while stocks last. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. To find out more about being a VIP and getting 15% back in CTMH cash go here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop ArtyMaz.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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You Can Do Anything

Hello and welcome aboard our May Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. This month it is a tiny little blog hop with just myself and Doreen. So be sure to pop over to see here lovely creations too.


For my creation today I decided to focus on one of the sentiments, because I felt that it was fairly obvious that you could stamp and colour the mountains etc. And I really wanted to focus on the National Scrapbooking Month Promo Pack – Hope and Kindness. So I’ve kept things simple, combining the doily thin cuts, with some distressed edge papers and some of the stickers. Topped with a few white enamel dots. I stamped in Harbour Ink so that it was dark, without being Black.

This exclusive D-size “You Can Do Anything” stamp set (only available in May) can be yours for just $9, when you place an order of $80 or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. To find out more about becoming a VIP go here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to Doreen.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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In Full Bloom

Hello and welcome aboard our Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Doreen then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 


Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “In Full Bloom”.

For this layout I’ve used the In Full Bloom papers, black cardstock, the Picture My Life cards, some In Full Bloom die cuts, and dots from the Cake Day Enamel Dots. Behind the light globe die cuts I sponged some mint ink.

This exclusive In Full Bloom collection is only available while stocks last. The Scrapbooking Workshop can be yours for just $67.50.  Individual components can also be ordered from your CTMH Maker. If you do not have a Maker please contact me or place an order here.

If you’d like to get a 15% spending credit back on all your orders be sure to sign up as a CTMH VIP Customer with your CTMH Maker. If you don’t have a Maker you can sign up as a VIP with me here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Lauren.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Message in a Bottle

Hello and welcome aboard our April Stamp Of The Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Crop Craft Create then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a card which features Close To My Heart’s April Stamp of the Month – Message in a Bottle. This is a fun card that has a split front with an acetate panel.

This exclusive D-size Message In The Bottle S2204 stamp set (only available in April) can be yours for just $9, when you place an order of $80 or more! OR FREE for VIP Customers with qualifying order of $80. If you do not have a consultant please contact me or place an order here. If you’d like more information about being a VIP you can go here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop Doris Taylor.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Cake Day

Hello and welcome aboard our Cake Day Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. 

If you have arrived here from Doreen then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. It will take you to the next participant and more Cake Day inspiration.

Today I would like to share with you a creation which features Close To My Heart Featured collection “Cake Day”. I love the bright colours and fun stickers and stamps of this collection.

It is always fun to use up left over embellishments and be able to add some stamped extras. To create this I traced around a plate then added a dashed line with my journaling pen. I sponged some ink into the middle and stamped some stars. After placing my photo mats and heading I filled the space around the circle with stamped images, stickers and bling. If you give it a go be sure to let me know.

This exclusive Cake Day collection is only available until the end of April WSL.The Scrapbooking Workshop can be yours for just $70.50. Individual components can also be ordered from your CTMH Maker. If you do not have a Maker please contact me or place an order here. If you’d like to get a 15% spending credit back on all your orders be sure to sign up as a CTMH VIP Customer with your CTMH Maker. If you don’t have a Maker you can sign up as a VIP with me here.

I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Doris.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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Cardstock Carnival

Welcome aboard our Australasian CTMH Blog Hop featuring one of our favourite products – the CTMH Dual Tone White Core Cardstock. CTMH have 40 coloured cardstock that have a dark and a light side of each colour – thus there is really 80 different coloured card stocks.

If you’ve joined in from ArtyMaz then you are in the right place. If not, don’t stress. A blog hop is a circle. You can just follow the link at the end to the next blog for more great cardstock ideas.

Today I’d like to share with you some scrapbooking layouts that are using very minimal patterned and non cardstock specialty papers. The cardstock in these layouts has been altered by stamping, stenciling, splattering

In this first layout I love the sponging through a stencil with some ink in the same colour as the cardstock. In this instance I have used the light side of the cardstock, thus the ink appears darker. The lighter pink strips have been stamped on to make them appear like patterned paper.

In this layout I have used coloured cardstock circles, some stamped and some not, these were then stuck onto larger white circles and the overhang trimmed off. I love how effective this looks.

Again more stamping and stenciling. The “Then” heading has been cut on the Cricut machine (an Electronic Cutting machine). The CTMH cardstock is wonderful to cut this way. ON the left side you can see the triangles have had their corners folded over to show off both tones of the coloured cardstock. ON the right side the cardstock pieces that anchor the flowers to the page have torn edges to highlight the white core.

I just love to be able to create my own pattern papers with cardstock and inks. It is so much fun. For those on a budget – using cardstock this way is cheaper than the pattern papers.

For the month of March the CTMH Cardstock is on special, there are a huge variety of bundles for you to choose from. Be sure to ask your CTMH Maker about it. If you don’t have a Maker you can check it out here with me. And if you’re a VIP you can still earn your special credits on cardstock purchases. If you not a VIP find out more here.

Before you head off I’d love it if you could leave a comment. Next stop is Scrapping and More with Doreen.

Until next time,

Happy Crafting

Danielle

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